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How to Create Your Very Own Math Ed Search Engine


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Inspired by Robert Kaplinsky’s Problem-Based Learning Search Engine, I decided I wanted to create my own based on my favorite websites to check before starting every unit.

The process is very simple but at the end of it, you come out with a search engine that will only search websites that you decide are worth including.

Here is a step by step guide to creating your own.

1) Head to Google’s Custom Search Engine Site

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2) Click on ‘Add’ to create a new search engine

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3) Type in the websites that you want it to search

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4) Give your search engine a name and hit ‘create’

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And that’s it. From that point, you can bookmark the search engine, or embed the code into your website. Enjoy! Do share your URL in the comments.


Author: PumphreysMath

A British Math(s) Teacher now living in Indianapolis, USA, aiming to show my students how questions are often more important than answers. Presenter of the MathEd Out Podcast and contributor for the Guardian Teacher Network.

2 thoughts on “How to Create Your Very Own Math Ed Search Engine

  1. Adrian,

    I think this is a fantastic idea for giving students a safe, structured way to search for information that is relevant to their queries. I wonder if we could create a Classkick assignment that would take advantage of your individualized Math Search Engine for students to search when attempting to solve a problem or Math Scavenger Hunt. Can we collaborate on this?

    Laura Litton
    Director of Teacher Happiness

  2. Hi Adrian,

    I have only just seen this post about creating your own Math search engine. What a fabulous idea. Thanks for sharing that!

    I have not seen any blog posts published? Hope you have some more great topics ready to be posted!



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